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Donald S. Heaston

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia, Missouri.

Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel, 500 S. Main Street in Vandalia, Missouri 63382.
Officiating will be: Rev. Bob Balwanz.
Music provided by: selected favorite songs.
Interment will be in the Farber Cemetery with full military honors.
Pallbearers: Nick Mazzuki, Chris Smithberg, Jason Smithberg, Andy Heaston, Albert Beshears and Lonnie Heaston. Honorary pallbearers: Carl Heaston, Raymond McCurdy, Lonnie Lennox and Jackie Heaston.

Donald S. Heaston passed away at 3:10 p.m. on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the St. John's Hospital in Lebanon, Missouri. After school, Donald worked for the railroad for a short time before joining the U. S. Army. He served over 20 years as a non-commissioned officer in the engineering branch of the Army. Donald retired on November 30, 1966 at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. He then started a career as the manager of the NCO Club at Ft. Leonard Wood for nearly 15 years prior to his second retirement. He was Catholic by faith and enjoyed several hobbies; among them were bowling, fishing, horseshoes and playing cards. Donald had also been an active member of the VFW and American Legion Posts near St. Roberts.

Born: August 23, 1926 in Gallatin, Missouri the son of Carl Douglas and Helen Bertie (Stephens) Heaston.

Married: Toshiko Yoshida in Tokyo, Japan on January 31, 1951; she preceded him in death on December 17, 1994.

Survivors include: two daughters, Doris Burd and her husband Stan of Kansas City, Missouri and Christine Gunderson and her husband Rob of Grants Pass, Oregon; two sons, Billy Joe Heaston and his wife Marla of Vandalia, Missouri and Mike Heaston and his wife Mary of Lebanon, Missouri; two brothers, Billy Carl Heaston of Vandalia, Missouri and David Heaston of Mexico, Missouri and one sister, Mildred Lennox of Palmyra, Missouri. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: wife, Toshiko; two sons, Bobbie Gene Heaston and Kenneth Lee Heaston; two sisters: Patricia Myers and Kay Piatte and four brothers: Douglas Heaston, Jack Heaston, Winfred Heaston and Bert Heaston.

Memorials are encouraged to the American Cancer Society or the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation.

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